The 33rd annual 2-Day Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament will be held at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor on July 12 and 13 -- after the July 11, 7 p. m. captains meeting in the Senior Citizens Building. Though Capt. Chris De Stefano said they wasted a lot of time Saturday fighting a blue marlin for two hours on 80-pound tackle in Hudson Canyon when that species didn't count in the Manasquan River Marlin Runa Club's Jack Meyer Memorial Tuna Trolling Tournament, Frank Criscola's Crisdel is leading the contest with a 135-pound bigeye boated Monday when his son Michael took the boat further south.
Capt. Bobby Bogan said the south wind also hurt his fluking the last two days on his Gambler out of Point Pleasant. Capt. Butch Egerter is filling the three sea bass per man limit currently allowed along with ling and some flounders on his Dauntless from Point Pleasant.
Join NJOA on Wednesday, July 2 at 5 p. m., along with Clean Ocean Action, and NJOA council members New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, NJ Council of Divers, and other groups opposed to ocean blasting off the Jersey Shore. In conjunction with Clean Ocean Action, NJOA council members also directed its efforts to stop Rutgers University from participating in the study related to seismic blasting.
Capt. Joe Massa ran his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina to Coney Island on Sunday to catch four legal fluke, but couldn't find bunkers to give stripers a try back in the bay. The Jesse Palafox party had a pick that included 4-and-6-pound fluke from among dogfish plus a few shorts and sea robins.
Sorry for the delay in getting Sunday's blog in as I was watching my son Mike compete in Challenge Atlantic City -- a full Ironman race that took all day. Keyleigh McGrogan from Union Beach boated an 8 1 2-pound fluke on spearing and squid in Belford Channel.
Jeff Dement picked a perfect day for his annual American Littoral Society tagging trip on the Mi-Jo II from Atlantic Highlands, but didn't let the fish in on his plans.I was surprised to find that I ended up as high hook with five of my seven fluke being tagged.
The Point Pleasant surf was colder this morning as I started surfcasting after several afternoons of hard south winds.At Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, Joe Melillo said quite a few shad were hooked the day before in Manasquan Inlet, though weed made it tough to cast there today.
Gene Graman of Middletown had the touch today as his crew on That's It from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands struggled with big smooth dogfish that have spread into Raritan Bay.-- and he hooked a bass of about 15 pounds at the same time.